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Renewable energy in India sets generation record

Clean Technica:

The share of energy generated from renewable energy sources in India has reached an all-time high, according to the latest data released by the government.

Renewable energy technologies contributed a record 13.4% to the total energy generation in India in August 2018. This surpassed the previous high of 13.3% achieved in the preceding month. In August 2018, India generated over 122.1 terawatt-hours of electricity, of which 16.3 terawatt-hours were generated by renewable energy projects, mostly wind and solar.

The year-on-year increase, between 2018 and 2017, in generation from renewable energy technologies for August was a whopping 51%. For the first eight months of this year, the share of power generated by renewable energy technologies reached 9.5%, which will very likely decline as we near year-end due to reduced generation from wind power projects.

Wind energy, as always, was the largest contributor to the total renewable energy generation in August 2018. The technology had a share of 71.9% in the 16.3 terawatt-hours renewable energy generated, and a share of 9.6% in the 122.1 terawatt-hours of electricity generated by all sources in August 2018. Wind energy had achieved its highest-ever penetration of 9.7% in the national-level generation in July 2018. Wind energy generation in August 2018 was 56.7% greater than what it was in the same month last year.

The share of solar power generated in the total renewable energy generation in August 2018 was 16.1%, while its penetration at the national level was 2.2%. Solar power generation, at 2.6 terawatt-hours, usually remains low during the months of monsoon.

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